IHG Rewards Club sent me an email Dec 15 titled “A look back on your year”. When I clicked on the link, an animated graphic revealed my incredibly rewarding year with IHG Rewards Club.
In 2017, $800 in IHG hotel spend paid for 7 hotel nights and earned 120,000 points. Redeeming 37,000 IHG points bought 5 hotel nights with a room rate value of $960.
My IHG Year in Review so far is basically 12 hotel nights stayed for $800 in spend, while earning 83,000 IHG Rewards Club points.
Before the end of December 2017, I plan to spend $200 more on 2 more IHG hotel nights and earn another 30,000 points.
$712 for 7 Paid Hotel Nights earned 99,745 points.
Hotel Indigo Krakow, Poland $214 USD (2 nights) earned 23,004 points.
Holiday Inn Krakow, Poland $103 USD (1 night) earned 20,579 points.
Crowne Plaza London Kensington High Street $235 USD (2 nights) earned 21,445 points.
Crowne Plaza London Gatwick $80 USD (1 night) earned 1,389 points.
Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport $58 USD room rate + $22 dinner and beers (1 night) earned 33,328 points.
With the exception of a last minute emergency room night at Crowne Plaza London Gatwick due to a missed flight, my other four paid hotel stays were all purposefully planned to fulfill IHG Accelerate task bonus points promotions.
5 IHG Reward Nights in 2017
InterContinental Park Lane London IHG Mastercard annual free night. Earned 600 points as welcome amenity. Room rate was 329 GBP ($419 USD).
Holiday Inn Brno, Czech Republic 3 nights 15,000 points on IHG PointBreaks. Received a 1,500 points 10% rebate as IHG Mastercard member. My net cost was 13,500 points for a hotel room with a published rate of $371.40 for those 3 nights.
InterContinental Warsaw 35,000 points Points + Cash stay. This stay fulfilled one of three tasks for Fall 2017 IHG Accelerate. I redeemed 30,000 points and paid $35 to buy 5,000 points. The stay earned 600 Welcome Amenity points and 2,400 Accelerate task bonus points + 3,500 points with IHG Mastercard 10% rebate for a net cost of $35 and 23,500 IHG points for the hotel night. Lowest room rate was $170.
I purchased 20,000 points for $92 in an IHG Points + Cash booking I ended up canceling.
My IHG Rewards Club year in review
- $712 for 7 paid nights earned 99,745 points.
- $92 for 1 Points + Cash canceled night bought 20,000 points.
- 37,000 points bought 5 hotel nights, including 2 InterContinental nights In London and Warsaw when lowest published room rates = $960.
$804 in IHG spend in 2017 earned 119,745 points.
37,000 IHG points redeemed bought 5 reward nights valued at $960.
With two more weeks left to complete my IHG fall 2017 Accelerate tasks, I will earn an additional 27,600 bonus points on an upcoming Holiday Inn Express $90 hotel night.
IHG Rewards Club has been an incredibly lucrative hotel loyalty program for me in 2017.
I already have my first IHG stay for 2018 planned for another 30,000 bonus points with IHG Accelerate winter 2018 after 3 Holiday Inn stays.
Loyalty Traveler – IHG Accelerate Jan 1-Apr 30, 2018 registration open (Dec 7, 2017).